Sunday, June 28, 2015

America. Fuck yeah.

I know you don't come here for my position on anything political.  But...


On Friday, I opened Twitter and learned the news.  At the time, only three tweets in my feed mentioned it - one from the Associated Press, one from NBC, and one which simply featured a screenshot of this text from the decision.
"No union is more profound than marriage, for it embodies the highest ideals of love, fidelity, devotion, sacrifice and family.  In forming a marital union, two people become something greater than they once were.  As some of the petitioners in these cases demonstrate, marriage embodies a love that may endure even past death.  It would misunderstand these men and women to say they disrespect the idea of marriage.  Their plea is that they do respect it, respect it so deeply that they seek to find its fulfilment for themselves.  Their hope is not to be condemned to live in loneliness, excluded from one of civilization’s oldest institutions.  They ask for equal dignity in the eyes of the law.  The Constitution grants them that right.

The judgement of the Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit is reversed.

It is so ordered.”
I welled up, a bit, reading it.  It's beautiful.  Finally.

And all us other countries knew, America.  We knew you'd get around to it, eventually.  In fact, color me impressed, because I expected it to take you a lot longer.

Kayla and I were talking yesterday about when it came up in Canada.  Ten years ago... and that's not "like, ten years ago," that is a decade ago, you would not believe all the anger and protests and public mud-slinging that led up to the decision, my American friends - because there wasn't any.  It was just,
"Hm.  The way our laws are written, gay folks can't get married."

"Oh?  We should change the laws, then."

"Well, obviously."
 America?  It is high damn time.  Good on 'ya.  Glad you came around.

4 comments:

  1. Despite my state finally recognizing same-sex marriage at the start of this year, I didn't expect a nationwide decision this soon! Progress feels good.

    My government is torpid and old-fashioned when compared to yours. You Canadians are from the future.

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  2. Well, one step more, congrats Americans!
    Oh ¿you're not agree? then is time to emigrate... TO OTHER PLANET XD

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  3. The sad fact is that this only happened because the supreme court is now the least cynical governing body we have. Our senate and congress figured out years ago that doing ANYTING actually minimizes your chances of re-election. Because you've done something that can now be criticized.

    But at least no one can run on repealing it! That's the most important thing. It's etched in STONE now, god it's a beautiful day.

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